Black Lives Matter protest, Brooklyn.

Paying Breonna Taylor’s family is not justice

I’m glad the city of Louisville agreed to pay Breonna Taylor’s family $12 million dollars. Months after Taylor was killed by police in her own home.

It’s the largest settlement ever paid in the killing of a black woman by police. And as  Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said of Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, “I cannot begin to imagine Ms. Palmer’s pain, and I am deeply, deeply sorry for Breonna’s death.”

He should be. Plainclothes Louisville police burst into Taylor’s home with a no knock warrant. Breonna was doing nothing wrong. And when her boyfriend, a licensed gun owner, fired a single shot to defend her home against people whose identity he did not know, the cops fired 22 shots. They killed Breonna Taylor, and she did not deserve to die.

So yes, the mayor of Louisville should be sorry, and the cops who killed Breonna Taylor should be in jail. The state’s attorney general is investigating, and we’ll see if justice is done.

Breonna Taylor’s mother knows that. That’s why she said, “It’s time to move forward with the criminal charges, because she deserves that and much more. As significant as today is, it’s only the beginning of getting full justice for Breonna.”

But along with getting full justice for Breonna, there must be justice for the people. Because that $12 million dollars, which Breonna’s family deserves, should come from the cops who shot her. It should come from the commissioner who oversaw them. It should come from the mayor who appointed the commissioner. Instead, it comes from the taxpayers, and that’s wrong.

Lock up the cops who killed Breonna Taylor. Charge the commissioner who ran that department. Remove the mayor who allowed it to happen. That will be justice for Breonna. That will be justice for us all.

Photo by Informed images: Brooklyn Black Lives Matter protest.

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